2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: Clean-Cut Hippie

by Aiden Eksteen

With its handsome design and premium feel, its extensive list of creature comforts and conveniences, and confidence-inspiring safety and reliability reviews, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the ideal 4-door midsize sedan for the small American family. Though it may not be as poised as its looks suggest or as enjoyable to drive as some of its main rivals, it effectively prioritises comfort and efficiency over all else, which is quintessential for a hybrid car. Under its hood is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor augmented with a 270-volt lithium-ion polymer battery for a combined 192 horsepower. That force is worked through a six-speed automatic gearbox to the Sonata Hybrid sedan's front-wheel drivetrain. At a starting MSRP of around just $27,750, the 2021 Sonata Hybrid is a very enticing offer when compared to its core contenders, the Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, and Kia Optima hybrids.

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

With the Sonata Hybrid car having only entered the American market last year, there wasn't much to improve upon. The first-gen Sonata Hybrid sedan enters 2021 as a carryover model.

Pros and Cons

  • Sporty, standout design
  • Modern, attractive, and featureful cabin
  • Brimming with driver assists and safety features
  • Good safety rating and reliability expectations
  • Spacious cabin and practical trunk space
  • Not athletic or entertaining to drive
  • Solar roof isn't very efficient
  • Some cheap materials used in the cabin

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid Blue
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid SEL
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid Limited
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive

Sonata Hybrid Exterior

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  • Length 192.9 in
  • Wheelbase 111.8 in
  • Height 56.9 in
  • Max Width 73.2 in
  • Front Width 64.3 in
  • Rear Width 63.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,325.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Hyper White +$400
  • Portofino Gray
  • Shimmering Silver
  • Nocturne Black
  • Oxford Blue
  • Calypso Red
  • Hampton Gray

Sonata Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Powering the front-wheel drivetrain of all three trims in the Elantra Hybrid sedan lineup is a 2.0-liter inline-4 gas engine that's been hybridized with a 270-volt lithium-ion battery for a combined 192 hp. Outputs are managed solely by a 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission. This setup provides enough power for competent and reliable city driving, and throttle responses are gradual but smooth and efficiency-minded. While hybrids are not known for their trailering, the Sonata Hybrid should be able to manage at least 1000 lbs worth of towing capacity.

  • Engine
    2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Sonata Hybrid Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 50/54 mpg
* 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue 2.0L

Sonata Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 46.1 in
  • Front Head Room 40.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.8 in

Sonata Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    16 ft³

Sonata Hybrid Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan A Good car?

Trucks, SUVs, and crossovers may be dominating the market in the USA right now, but there are still many Americans that do admire and would prefer a traditional 4-door midsize sedan. This is likely because of cars such as the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which prove that eco-friendly, efficiency-minded vehicles don't have to be bland and/or over-priced, but can rather be eye-catching and packed with value. Yes, the same can't be said about the driving experience it delivers, being quite sedate and leery, but the Sonata makes up for this by being impressively comfortable on the road and, of course, highly economical. If you're looking for something that drives and handles a little more enjoyably, the Honda Accord Hybrid would be a good alternative. It's not as well outfitted with features as the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan at its price, however, which supplies a bit more value in terms of creature comforts, conveniences, and safety features. Put into consideration the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's safety review from the US's top authorities, and it's easy to see why it's one of the best in its class.

What Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

If you're considering the Sonata for its eco-friendly and efficient performance as a hybrid vehicle, in particular, then you would want to go for the base-spec Blue model. It's the most fuel-efficient model in the range, though It does lose out on quite a few desirable features. If you're simply a Hyundai devotee and want to max out what you get in the Sonata, the top-spec Limited model is worth considering over the mid-spec SEL. Exclusive standard equipment includes all-LED exterior lighting and the nifty solar panel roof. It also gets the color head-up display, 10.25-inch digital driver display, 12.3-inch infotainment system touchscreen, and a bunch of other luxuries. These all come along with a selection of driver assists, including a surround-view monitor, blind-spot monitor, highway driving assist, front and rear parking sensors, and parking collision-avoidance.

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